“Radiate boundless love towards the entire world — above, below, and across — unhindered, without ill will, without enmity.” ~ The Buddha
(From the Karaniya Metta Sutta)
Newsletter #2: August 2021
We send prayers of comfort, and encouragement, and hope that you are all safe and healthy during this ongoing pandemic.
We are very excited to share our latest wisdom blog about the Twelve Links of Dependent Origination. This blog was written as an addition to the Second Noble Truth, which was written in two parts. It was truly a labor of love, compassion, listening, and learning in order for us to finally publish this piece. Phuong and Christina spent many, many, many hours discussing the intricacies of this very complex Buddhist teaching in order to unravel its deep wisdom. Please send us your thoughts and questions about this multifaceted text.
You can find our continuing in-depth educational series about the Noble Truths below:
The First Noble Truth
The Second Noble Truth, Part I
The Second Noble Truth, Part II
We also published a translation of “BỐN ĐIỀU PHẬT KHÔNG LÀM ĐƯỢC” or "Four things Buddha Cannot Do” - This simple conversation between the Buddha and a disciple explains our responsibilities as individuals due to the nature of Cause and Effect, Wisdom, and Karmic connection.
For those of you who would like an introduction to the Teachings of Buddha, please check out our Life of Buddha series.
Continue to reside in tranquility, awareness, being in the Present Moment, and accepting the things that are happening around the world.
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About the authors:
Phuong Pham is the creator of this website. In 2019, Phuong transitioned to become a Buddhist nun and transformed her home into Thong Tri Temple in Santa Clara, California. Her Buddhist name is Lien Hanh. You can read more about Phuong’s story on our Profiles page.
Christina Shon is the content editor of this website. She also creates content along with Phuong. Christina is a former high school English teacher, program coordinator in an Education non-profit, and program manager in Higher Education. She currently lives in Timnath, Colorado and serves as the learning coach and virtual classroom companion for her 8 year old nephew.